Uzbek and Kyrgyz Weavings of
Friday, February 12, 2010
Reception begins 6:30 PM.
Program starts at 7:15PM
Bring your Uzbek, Kyrgyz and other
non-Turkmen Central Asian weavings for Show and Tell.
Dennis Marquand, a native southern Californian, is best known as the leading dealer in carpet and textile books. But he is also one of the major collectors of small Central Asian, non-Turkmen trappings and other weavings, particularly from the Uzbek and Kyrgyz tribes, as well as from Karakalpak and other little known weaving groups (Arabs, Aymaqs, etc).
ethnographic textiles and the
people who made them. He currently works with his son Wesley and
together they operate Rugbooks.com the premier source of literature
on the subject and act as the distributor for the publications of the
International Conference on Oriental Carpets.
Peter Poullada's Short Guide
To Central Asian Tribal Ethno-history.
of Chinggis, a substantial
number of the tribal groups of the Ulus of Jochi
migrated into the river valleys
and oases of what is now Uzbekistan, Northern Afghanistan, Tajikistan,
southern Kazakhstan and parts of Kyrgyzstan. It was these tribal groupings
that became known as "Uzbeks," as distinct from the same tribes
who remained in the steppes to the north and who came to be known as
Kazakhs. During the 16th and 17th centuries the Uzbek tribes that had
accompanied Shibani Khan provided the base of power for his descendants
and relatives in ruling the Khanate of Bukhara, and areas of northern
Afghanistan. They gradually occupied many parts of the irrigated zones,
oases, urban areas and adjacent steppe regions already inhabited by
Tajik-speaking groups as well as ethnically-mixed urban groups known
as Sarts and various other Turco-Mongol tribal groupings that had preceded
the Uzbeks. A careful review of the various lists of tribes that comprised
the Uzbeks (see Yuri Bregel, 2003) shows that at east 30 appear in the
regions of Central Asia and northern Afghanistan in the 19th century
while many of the same names also represent the core tribal groupings
of both the Kazakhs and the Kyrgyz. In the western portions of what
is today Kyrgyzstan and especially in the Ferghana valley, a nexus of
inter-ethnic mixing, the same tribal names are to be found among both
Uzbeks and Kyrgyz, helping to explain why it may be difficult to easily
differentiate the weavings of the two groups.
|Last Call for ACOR Volunteers||All members with an interest in assisting ACOR to organize and run the conference proposed for the Bay Area in February 2011 should urgently contact Tom Hubbard to volunteer or make constructive suggestions. E-mail email@example.com|
Those who missed Sandra Niessen’s excellent presentation to SFBARS last September on Batak textiles of Indonesia have the opportunity to hear the talk at Krimsa Gallery, 2190 Union Street, San Francisco, from 5:30 to 7:30. It is sponsored by the Textile Arts Council; $5 charge for non-members.
Ms. Niessen has recently published Legacy in Cloth: Batak Textiles of Indonesia.
Tribal and Textile Arts Show,
Fort Mason, San Francisco: dealers from around the world exhibit and sell of
art and artifacts of indigenous peoples.
The deYoung Museum will be
holding two important events in conjunction with the Tribal Arts Show.
The first, sponsored by the Textile Arts Council, is a talk by Alberto
Levi at 10 AM in the Koret Auditorium entitled "Primitivism and
Abstraction in Persian Tribal Flatweaves.” For details see the TAC
web site www.textileartscouncil.org.
|March 19||Behind the Scenes: The
George & Marie Hecksher Textile Conservation Center. At
1:30 p.m., textile Conservators Sarah Gates and Beth Szuhay of the de
Young Museum are offering a specialized tour. This is a rare opportunity
for the public to see how professional museum staff care for, store,
and prepare the Museum’s textile collection for exhibit. The conservation
laboratory consists of a space for examination and stitched treatments,
a space for aqueous treatments, and a dye lab. Participants will get
to see the state-of-the-art facilities and the specialized equipment,
including the dye machine partially funded by TAC members’ donations
to conservation. $30 per person. Space is strictly limited, so
reserve quickly. |
|April 22||SFBARS meeting: Jeff
Spur from Harvard and the New England Rug Society will be speaking at
Emmett Eiland's Gallery in Berkeley on "Style and Identity, People
or Place: The Case for Lakai Suzanis," a talk about the Central
Asian embroideries. |
|Gallery Exhibit||Thomas Cole has an exhibition of Baluch weavings from Persia and Afghanistan through February 20 in his new gallery space in Marin County. The weavings range from main carpets to small animal trappings, as well as some flat weaves from SE Persia and Baluchistan. The gallery is open by appointment (415 4991652), located just a mile west of Hwy 101off Lucas Valley Rd. in northern Marin County. Antique Tribal Rugs & Textile Art, http://www.tcoletribalrugs.com|
|Silk Road Exhibit||The American Museum of Natural
History in New York is presenting “Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient
Pathway to the Modern World” through August 15. For museum information,
got to http://www.amnh.org/|
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